Australian Combustible Cladding Class Actions
IMF Bentham and William Roberts Lawyers are working together to investigate and bring viable claims for compensation, on behalf of persons and entities with proprietary interests in buildings in Australia, on which there is installed certain types of aluminium composite panel cladding with a combustible core comprised wholly or substantially of polyethylene (PE). These persons and entities are the owners, owners corporations and leaseholders of buildings affected by PE core cladding.
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The current class actions
This first court proceeding (Alucobond Combustible Cladding Class Action) is a product liability claim against 3A Composites GmbH and Halifax Vogel Group Pty Limited (Respondents). The Respondents are the manufacturers of Alucobond PE cladding products. If you have a building with Alucobond PE cladding products, you are encouraged to sign and return the Funding Agreement and the Lawyers’ Retainer to IMF (see How to participate in the Class Actions below).
The second court proceeding (Vitrabond Combustible Cladding Class Action) is a product liability claim against Fairview Architectural Pty Limited (Respondent). The respondent is the manufacturer of Vitrabond PE core cladding products. If you have a building with Vitrabond PE cladding products, you are encouraged to sign and return the Funding Agreement and the Lawyers’ Retainer to IMF (see How to Participate in the Class Actions below).
Other possible class actions
We are continuing to investigate possible class actions against other manufacturers in relation to other PE core cladding products.
The current class actions will not necessarily be restricted to buildings with Alucobond PE and Vitrabond PE Core cladding products. Accordingly, if you have a building with PE core cladding that is not Alucobond or Vitrabond branded, you are also encouraged to sign and return the Funding Agreement and the Lawyers’ Retainer.
The law firm which is conducting the prosecution of the current class actions, William Roberts Lawyers will assess whether or not your building may be eligible to participate in one or the other of the current class actions or any possible future class action.
It is not proposed that any entities other than certain manufacturers of PE core cladding be sued in the current class actions or any future class action.
Compensation to be recovered
The main compensation to be sought for affected persons and entities is the amount that represents the cost of replacing the PE core cladding with suitable cladding or other material, together with all associated costs. Other losses that may be claimed include, but are not limited to, the cost to make the building fire safe where the cladding can remain on the building and the loss suffered from a devaluation of the affected property.
To participate in one or the other of the current class actions, it is not necessary for any rectification costs to have been actually incurred in relation to the PE core cladding on the building.
PE core cladding is often used for the purposes of aesthetics to act as a cover for part or all of the external walls of a building. The principal issue with the use of PE core cladding on buildings is that the polyethylene core is highly combustible.
The safety risk associated with the use of PE core cladding in buildings, especially multi-storey buildings is now well known. A number of fires around the world have drawn attention to this issue. Two such devastating examples are the Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne on 25 November 2014, and more recently and poignantly the Grenfell Tower fire in London on 14 June 2017.
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How to participate in the Alucobond or Vitrabond Combustible Cladding Class Actions or any possible future combustible cladding class actions
You can register your interest in the Alucobond or Vitrabond Combustible Cladding Class Actions or any possible future combustible cladding class actions by providing your details on this website.
Registration is free and without obligation.
Once you have registered your interest, you will be sent an information pack that explains the next steps, and contains IMF's Funding Agreement, William Roberts’ Retainer and a Questionnaire for you to sign and complete, if you wish to proceed as a funded client of IMF and William Roberts.
If you believe you may have a claim because your property is affected by PE core cladding, you can register your interest for the Alucobond or Vitrabond Combustible Cladding Class Actions or any possible future combustible cladding class actions by providing your details on this website.
Important Note – No Obligations by registration
Please note that merely registering your interest through this website is not binding in any way and does not constitute acceptance into a contract. If you have any questions, you can contact the IMF Client Liaison Team by email on [email protected]u
or free call 1800 016 464
General Strata enquiries
Owners Corporations and individual owners in New South Wales can also obtain more general assistance on other strata issues from the Owners Corporation Network. OCN is the independent voice of strata owners and a network of ‘owners helping owners’ with experience in strata living.